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E: Ecologically sustainable development and environmental performance

This appendix summarises Austrade's performance with respect to the requirements of section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Energy consumption

Austrade reported energy consumption in its Australian operations as required by the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations Policy. The Energy Use in the Australian Government's Operations: 2007–08 report, released in December 2009, outlines the levels of energy usage and emissions for the Australian Government, at both whole-of-government and individual agency levels.

During 2017–18, Austrade’s energy consumption decreased on the previous year, with total electrical energy consumption (as a tenant) at 590,239 kilowatt hours. In November 2017, Austrade’s Canberra office moved to new premises. The figure provided for 2017–18 includes only five months of usage at the former Canberra premises. The whole-of-government arrangements at the new Canberra premises do not currently allow Austrade to isolate its usage for those premises. The number provided for 2017–18 is therefore not comparable to previous years.

Table E1 shows Austrade's energy consumption for the last eight years, and the amount by which it has decreased from the 2009–10 baseline measurement.

Table E1: Austrade's energy consumption, 2009–10 to 2017–18

Reporting year

Total electrical energy consumption
(kilowatt hours)(a)

Reduction of kilowatt hours
from 2009–10 baseline

2009–10

1,058,710

2010–11

957,820

100,890

2011–12

943,675

115,035

2012–13

817,705

241,005

2013–14

775,732

282,978

2014–15

864,980

193,730

2015–16

802,979

255,731

2016–17

741,608

317,102

2017–18

590,239(b)

not available(b)

(a) Excludes computer centre usage.

(b) In November 2017, Austrade’s Canberra office moved to new premises. The figure provided for 2017–18 includes only five months of usage at the former Canberra premises. The whole-of-government arrangements at the new Canberra premises do not currently allow Austrade to isolate its usage for those premises. The number provided for 2017–18 is therefore not comparable to previous years.

Note: Due to availability of data, figures provided for the years 2012–13 to 2014–15 were based on 1 March to 28 February date ranges, whereas figures for other years are based on the standard financial year date range of 1 July to 30 June. As such, the figures provide an indicative comparison only.

Videoconferencing

Austrade’s global videoconferencing facilities provide significant energy efficiencies through reduced travel for Austrade staff, and for staff of other government agencies who are authorised to use the facilities. From 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018, Austrade supported a total of 67,017 video calls, representing approximately 41,936 hours of video calls, and 63,032 hours of voice calls. Austrade has 125 room-based videoconference end points and approximately 1,199 individual users of mobile videoconference facilities, accessed from desktops.

Earth Hour

Austrade provided staff with advice on how they could participate in Earth Hour 2018, both personally and through office activity, and coordinated the participation of Austrade offices across Australia and overseas. Where practicable, four national and 25 international Austrade offices switched off lights, printers and photocopiers for the weekend of 24–25 March 2018.

Waste

Austrade continued to manage and review approaches for minimising its environmental impact through established practices across its offices in Australia and overseas. These practices included reducing waste by establishing recycling systems for a range of office supplies, consumables and general waste from workspaces and staff kitchens.

Water

Water consumption is difficult for Austrade to measure on a broad scale as most of its tenancies are not separately metered for water consumption. Austrade's facility and property managers continue to work with building owners, where possible, to improve water consumption and introduce water-saving measures, such as waterless urinals, dual-flush toilets and flow restrictors on taps.

Principles of ecologically sustainable development

Austrade operates under the Australian Trade and Investment Commission Act 1985 and administers the Export Market Development Grants scheme pursuant to the Export Market Development Grants Act 1997. While neither Act makes specific reference to ecologically sustainable development or sustainability principles, Austrade continues to adhere to government policy and ministerial directives on sustainability. Table E2 provides eightyear trend information on Austrade’s energy efficiency performance.

Table E2: Energy efficiency performance, 2010–11 to 2017–18

Performance measure

Indicator

2010–11

2011–12

2012–13

2013–14

2014–15

2015–16

2016–17

2017–18

Total consumption of energy— includes all energy consumed when undertaking the functions of the agency, such as energy consumed for office buildings and transportation

Amount of electricity consumed (kWh)(a)

2,293,430

2,199,260

2,121,797

2,129,455

1,655,767

1,468,121

1,333,728

794,404(b)

Amount of gas consumed

Not available

Amount of other fuels consumed (litres of petrol)(c)

5,048

8,217

6,820

8,688

5,171

5,196

2,002

1,967

Total consumption of green energy— includes the purchase of energy from sustainable sources

Amount of green energy consumed (kWh)

128,150

119,571

114,620

121,329

Not applicable—computer centres are now located off site under whole-of-government arrangements

Relative energy uses— includes green energy use relative to non-renewable energy use and energy use per employee

Proportion of green energy in total energy consumption

Green energy purchased for 10 per cent of Canberra computer centre usage each year from 2009–10 to 2013–14; computer centres located off site from 2014–15

Amount of total energy consumed per employee

Not available

kWh = kilowatt hours

(a) Includes energy consumption for computer centres.

(b) In November 2017, Austrade’s Canberra office moved to new premises. The figure provided for 2017–18 includes only five months of usage at the former Canberra premises. The whole-of-government arrangements at the new Canberra premises do not currently allow Austrade to isolate its usage for those premises. The number provided for 2017–18 is therefore not comparable to previous years.

(c) Estimate based on calculating kilometres travelled multiplied by fuel consumption rating. Austrade discontinued its leases for vehicles at end of May 2018 and it no longer has any purchased or leased vehicles in Australia.

Note: Due to availability of data, figures provided for the years 2012–13 to 2014–15 were based on 1 March to 28 February date ranges, whereas figures for other years are based on the standard financial year date range of 1 July to 30 June. As such, the figures provide an indicative comparison only.

Due to Austrade being a tenant, some of the performance indicators listed on environment.gov.au/esd in relation to waste and water are not directly measured, so they have not been included in the table. Austrade works with building managers to ensure environmental initiatives are in place where possible. Austrade recycles waste paper, and encourages the use of recycled paper.

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